Resume templates are probably the single most useful tool when trying to write your resume. If you are ok with english then bullet points and descriptions will come, however if you’re not good with Microsoft Word and formatting documents, then using a pre-created template is probably your best option.
What are the benefits of using a template?
There are many benefits to using a pre-fabricated template over just copying your friends resume or trying to create one from scratch. Below we list a few reasons why it’s smart to go with the pre-made option over creating your own.
1. Save Time
Using a template can help cut your resume writing time in half. Creating a resume from scratch means spending about 50% of your time trying to get it to “look nice” and 50% of your time actually writing it. By starting off with a professional, pre-made outline you cut out all the formatting time so you can focus on writing.
2. Professionally Designed
Furthermore, by using a professional template you guarantee the overall design will be professional and well-received by HR professionals and companies. If you choose to do your own designing and aren’t a professional designer then what may look nice to you may not look so good to others. In the employment industry it’s always best to take the safer route, in this case, by entrusting design to a professional.
3. Easy to Follow Pre-Made Outlines
Templates already have placeholder content so that you can get an idea of what the finished product should look like. Starting from scratch with a blank document can be challenging as it may be hard to visualize what you want the final product to look like. Instead, starting with a resume with information already inserted all you have to do is find and replace with your own details and you’re set to go!
How do I Choose a Template?
Choosing a style for your resume comes down to two main factors. First, your resume should reflect your personal taste. This is subjective and depends on the individual. The whole point of indulging in personal style preference is to set yourself apart from the hundreds or thousands of other resumes HR will receive. Don’t worry too much about this, the only point is to subtly differentiate from the competition.
The second thing to consider when choosing a style is the industry you are applying to. The style and design of a resume for an Elementary Teacher resume will look very different than the style preferred by those hiring in the financial or tech sectors. Try to match the font, layout, color tones and subtle styling cues to match the “feel” of the industry you are applying to. It may seem minor, but every little bit counts in the job hunting game!
Below are a selection of professionally created resumes with subtle yet effective designs to help you both stand out from the competition in an acceptable and pleasant way. View the entire selection and download the style that best fits both your personal preference as well as the industry in which you are applying for.
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